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Basic Biographical Details

Name: John McLachlan
Designation: Architect
Born: c. 1843
Died: 13 May 1893
Bio Notes: John McLachlan was born c.1843 and articled to David Cousin, probably c.1858. He commenced independent practice in 1868 and by 1878 had an office at 8 York Buildings. He married Margaret Ann Morham, probably a sister of Robert Morham, also of Cousin's office.

In 1884 McLachlan became architect to the National Bank of Scotland and by 1892 he had replaced Hippolyte Jean Blanc as architect to the St Cuthbert's Co-operative Association. About 1890 there was a marked change in his style from Italian Renaissance and Victorian baronial to a Queen Anne manner and a more vigorous interpretation of baronial which may mark the beginning of an association with Thomas Purves Marwick who bought the practice after McLachlan died on 13 May 1893 at the early age of 50. He left moveable estate of £2,953.

(NB In Wills & Testaments he appears as 'MacLachlan')

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 618, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1869c. 1870 
Item 2 of 62, Queen Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1871c. 1878 
Item 3 of 68, York Buildings, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusiness1878 *  
Item 4 of 69, Leven Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1883  
Item 5 of 629, York Place, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 18841893Practice taken over by T C Marwick
Item 6 of 633, Queen's Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 18861893 

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1David Cousinc. 1858 Apprentice 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John Murray1884 or 1885c. 1890Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2John Bryan Nisbetc. 1890(?)c. 1893(?)Chief Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 39 Craigentinny House  EdinburghScotlandInstructed Scott Morton & Co for interior work (presumably this J McLachlan?) - date unknown
Item 2 of 391869Lot 5, St Mary's Street  EdinburghScotlandRevised scheme to replace James Sutherland's
Item 3 of 391871Corner block, Cowgate and St Mary's Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 39187852-56 Shandwick Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 391881House for W G BloxomMorningside EdinburghScotland 
Item 6 of 391881Villa, 57 Fountainhall Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 391881Yester Free ChurchYester East LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 39188233 Queen's Crescent  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 9 of 3918834 St Andrew Square  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 3918838-11 Ventnor TerraceNewington EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 391883Bonnington Bank (or Park) House  EdinburghScotlandRemodelling and extension
Item 12 of 391883Linktown Free ChurchKirkcaldy FifeScotlandAlterations to interior
Item 13 of 391883Sheuchan Free ChurchStranraer WigtownshireScotland 
Item 14 of 391884Hawick Cottage HospitalHawick RoxburghshireScotland 
Item 15 of 391884National Bank of Scotland Head Office (Former)  EdinburghScotlandProvided specifications for new buildings in Register Place and Strong Room
Item 16 of 391884Villa, 55 Fountainhall Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 17 of 391885Viewpark HouseSelkirk SelkirkshireScotlandConversion into hospital
Item 18 of 391886National Bank of Scotland, Airdrie BranchAirdrie LanarkshireScotlandAdditions and alterations
Item 19 of 391886Wardie UP Church  EdinburghScotlandHall (was the previous place of worship)
Item 20 of 391887Caledonian Distillery  EdinburghScotlandwarehouses nos 3 & 9
Item 21 of 391887National Bank  DundeeScotlandAlterations including fitting up dwelling house as office
Item 22 of 391887National Bank of Scotland, Selkirk BranchSelkirk SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 23 of 391888Coldstream Cottage HospitalColdstream BerwickshireScotland 
Item 24 of 391888Library for Solicitors to the Supreme Courts of Scotland  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - unplaced
Item 25 of 391888National Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh West End  EdinburghScotlandMajor alterations - new façade grafted onto existing building
Item 26 of 391888Villa, 11 Tipperlin Road  EdinburghScotland 
Item 27 of 391889Craigmore UP ChurchRothesayButeButeScotlandCompetition design (described as 'Rothesay Church') (May be a different church?)
Item 28 of 391889Fever HospitalPortobello EdinburghScotlandCompetition design
Item 29 of 391889National Bank of Scotland, Dundee Hilltown BranchHilltown DundeeScotlandAlterations
Item 30 of 391889UP ChurchGlenluce WigtownshireScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 31 of 391890Jenners Workshop and Abbotsford Arms  EdinburghScotlandNos 7-9
Item 32 of 391890Miller's Foundry  EdinburghScotlandRolling mill
Item 33 of 391890National Bank of Scotland, Coatbridge BranchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandNew building
Item 34 of 391890National Bank of Scotland, High Street  EdinburghScotlandNew bank office and tenement
Item 35 of 391890New Stock Exchange  EdinburghScotland 
Item 36 of 391891ManorhillSelkirk SelkirkshireScotland 
Item 37 of 391891National Bank of Scotland, Inverness BranchInverness Inverness-shireScotlandReport and repairs on premises
Item 38 of 391892St Cuthbert's Co-operative Association Department Store and Dairy  EdinburghScotlandOriginal palazzo building
Item 39 of 391892Wardie UP Church  EdinburghScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh Architectural Association1907Edinburgh Architectural Association Exhibition Catalogue Edinburgh 
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     


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